When: Saturday, April 2nd – 8:49 p.m. Eastern
Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Connecticut Schedule (Last Ten Games)
3/5 - vs. Notre Dame - L 70-67
3/8 - vs. DePaul - W 97-71
3/9 - vs. Georgetown - W 79-62
3/10 - vs. Pittsburgh - W 76-74
3/11 - vs. Syracuse - W 76-71
3/12 - vs. Louisville - W 69-66
3/17 - vs. Bucknell - W 81-52
3/19 - vs. Cincinnati - W 69-58
3/24 - vs. San Diego State - W 74-67
3/26 - vs. Arizona - W 65-63
4/2 - vs. Kentucky - 8:49 pm
Connecticut Statistical Leaders
Kemba Walker – 23.9 points per game
Alex Oriakhi – 8.6 rebounds per game
Kemba Walker – 4.5 assists per game
Jeremy Lamb – 37.2 three-point percentage
Alex Oriakhi – 1.6 blocks per game
Kemba Walker – 1.9 steals per game
Connecticut Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 73.3
Points Allowed Per Game: 65.7
Field Goal Percentage: 43.5
Three-Point Percentage: 33.7
Free-Throw Percentage: 76
Rebound Margin: 4.3
Assists Per Game: 13.1
Turnovers Per Game: 11.3
Kentucky faced Connecticut early this season in Maui, in the championship game of the Maui Classic. The Huskies ran away with the game, winning 84-67 and taking the title, behind a 29 point, six assist game from All-American guard Kemba Walker.
Kemba Walker has been the player who makes UConn go all season. Walker averages nearly 24 points per game on the year and has been the Huskies' closer the whole season. Walker's ability to penetrate into the lane and finish, or find the open man has been a big key to their success.
However two other keys remain when trying to slow down the Big East Tournament Champion. Freshman wing, Jeremy Lamb has been dynamite down the stretch and has been able to put up big scoring numbers - scoring in double digits in nine straight games starting with the Big East Tournament opener.
Another key is keeping the Huskies' rebounders off the offensive glass. Connecticut gets a high rate of offensive rebounds and second chance points can be a killer for the Wildcats.
Kentucky will likely start the game off with DeAndre Liggins on Walker and place Darius Miller on Jeremy Lamb. Both players will need to have strong performances defensively and still hold their own on the offensive end.
Brandon Knight will have to take care of the ball as Kemba Walker is a pesky defender and will take the ball away often, if he's not careful. Playing Knight off the ball may be an option for the Wildcats. It was a successful offensive weapon against Ohio State at times as well as against North Carolina.
Josh Harrellson, once again, is another key for Kentucky. His interior defense, offensive and defensive rebounding as well as his screening ability will be a key to getting Kentucky's offense flowing.
The Wildcats must bring their best game tonight because Connecticut is a team with one of the best individual players in the nation. The Huskies have been a great tournament team all year and they know how to finish close games.